The officials at the Cannery hotel/casino in North Las Vegas request you don’t call their place the little casino that can.
Okay, but the Cannery can and did complete the first phase of its $45 million expansion with the unveiling of a new poker room and race and sports book.
The Cannery’s expansion began in August 2004 with a new five-story parking garage and expanded slot floor that includes more than 500 new slot/video gaming machines.
Also recently completed is a 14-screen Galaxy Movie Theater complex.
Still under construction is a new Italian restaurant and 300-seat bingo room, both of which are expected to be completed later this year.
For now, the new poker room features 14 tables offering low- and medium-limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Seven Card Stud.
In addition to cash games, the Cannery’s poker room will host daily Texas hold’em tournaments at 10 a.m., as well as monthly "free-roll" tournaments, among other promotions.
The new race and sports book, located next to the poker room, features a 1940s factory motif in keeping with the casino’s style, and raised ceiling that stretches three stories high for better air circulation and cleaner air.
The book has 129 seats with individual 15-inch computer screens and earphones at each lighted player station.
The sports viewing area boasts state-of-the-art electronic boards that can be easily from any spot in the book, and a 60-inch center screen. The room also includes 10, 50-inch LCD TV screens and eight betting windows.
"Our new poker room and race and sports book are convenient, comfortable an offers one of Vegas’ most generous comps and odds program," said Frank Vignola, Cannery general manager. "We have received an overwhelming amount of compliments from our players and new visitors."